People feel stress for different reasons. It thus follows that people have different ways of dealing with stress, and while others can cope with it gracefully, others have much less success. LiveScience staff writer Tia Ghose writes that self-affirmation can help people eliminate stress.
When life gets messy, stress can make it hard to concentrate and keep a clear mind. But simply thinking about one’s values can boost that problem-solving ability.
The findings, published today (May 1) in the journal PLOS ONE, suggest that thinking about what’s important in life can essentially protect people from some of the corrosive effects of stress.
“Simply thinking about a value can completely ameliorate all these negative effects that stress can have on your problem-solving performance,” said study co-author J. David Creswell, a psychologist at Carnegie Mellon University. [5 Ways Your Cells Deal With Stress]
Self-affirmation has been shown in past studies to help reduce stress and narrow performance gaps for people in stressful situations, such as women in engineering and science fields.
For instance, some studies showed that “affirmation can help you manage threats to your sense of self-worth,” Creswell said.
There are many ways to practice self-affirmation and get rid of stress. One method is to look in the mirror and say positive things. However, according to an article in Colorado Arts and Sciences Magazine, the better approach is a more specific one. People have to determine their aspirations first and set them down on paper (either on post-it notes or index cards) and place these around their home so whenever they catch a glimpse of these, the thought will stay in their minds.
If having post-it notes and index cards all over their homes seems too cumbersome, people can instead choose inspirational wall decorations that show the virtues they aspire to, such as strength, courage, wisdom, and others. It may not even be necessary for them to take down or change existing décor, as these inspirational accent pieces can complement any theme that they may have already, be it animal, contemporary art, mystical art, and others.
Stress is unavoidable. If people like you have been feeling the pressures of life recently, practicing positive affirmation can help. Hanging inspirational wall décor sold by established companies like Quintessence Creations in their homes can also help them manage life’s challenges better and reduce their stress levels.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Self-Affirmation Can Clear the Mind, Livescience.com, Published 1 May 2013)